Standout trial win with ears pricked

Gerald Ryan’s three-year-old sprinter Standout won an Open Trial over 1030m on the Inside Course at Rosehill on Tuesday with his ears pricked under Tommy Berry in an excellent preliminary for his next possible race in the $500,000, Group 1 WFA Canterbury Stakes (1300m) at Randwick on March 7th.

The Chris Waller pair of Masaff (IRE) and Imaging (GB) led the trial into the main straight with Berry easing Standout to the middle of the track and from the 200m he sent the chestnut away with ease.

The winning margin was 1 3/4L with Standout well held. Imaging (Oasis Dream) and James McDonald were second and there was a neck to Hilo (Lonhro) and Rachel King. The time was 1.02.89 on the Soft 5 track with the final 600m in 34.40.

Standout (Exceed And Excel) won the Group 2 Expressway Stakes over 1200m by 1 1/2L over Alizee and White Moss at Randwick on February 1st.

Ryan also produced five-year-old Written Tycoon mare Booker to win her Open Trial over 900m by 5 1/4L and stopping the clock at 33.40 for the final 600m.

Booker under Josh Parr was leading  by the 700m and had 2 1/2L entering the main straight before pulling further away.  This time last year Booker won the Group 3 Kevin Hayes Stakes over 1200m at Caulfield.

Second was Anthony Freedman’s champion sprinter Santa Ana Lane (Lope de Vega) under Tim Clark. Clark settled Santa Ana Lane, going for successive Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes wins, back in the field before going to the middle of the track and from the 200m quietly going forward to head the rest of the field.